Minimalist design provides a simplistic harmony to homes through defined lines, gentle colors, and unencumbered spaces. The goal is to strip your possessiveness to irrelevant personal items, furniture, and room elements until you’ve peeled away your rooms to the essentials. When you only surround yourself with functional, unfussy items, you create a calming environment where you can live simply without distraction.
Naturally, light plays a huge role in a minimalist design. By bringing in natural light through your windows, you open up the room and get an inner peace that’s tough -- if not impossible -- to find with a lightbulb. And with the functional concepts of minimalism, you will need window treatments that stop both glare and air flow. Most minimalists in Phoenix use plantation shutters or sheer cellular shades rather than bulky curtains or drapes.
Plantation Shutters Work Well In A Minimalist Design
When looking at minimalist window treatments, look for the clean lines and straightforward functionality of plantation shutters. Aesthetically, they fit snugly within the window opening without long swaths of cloth or cumbersome cords hanging down. This creates an ordered aesthetic, where your shutters are on the same plane as the walls.
Plantation shutters are also seen as practical, which is the other benchmark of a minimalist space. While light is essential for minimalists, unfettered sunlight can bring headaches like sun glare and privacy concerns. With plantation shutters, just tilt the louvers when the sun is too much for your eyes until you have directed the glare somewhere else. You can even shut them completely to block the entire window and gain the energy-efficiency benefits.
There are a few plantation shutter styles that can strengthen your minimalist decor. First, you might try shutters made from reclaimed wood. These shutters have the same level of quality of a normal plantation shutter but they bring in a environmental element to your windows. If you need a more energy-efficient shutter, may want to use our Polywood® shutter. These faux-wood treatments come in three different shades of white, are moisture and pest-resistant, and are some of the most practical treatments you can buy.
Alternative Window Treatments For Minimalist Decor
While many people use plantation shutters for their unfussy style and practicality, there are other window treatments that you may like:
Sheer cellular shades: Cellular shade hang close to the window and are available in many colors and patterns. Many minimalist designs want sheer cellular shades so you can create spaces filled with indirect light.
Barn door shutters: A barn door glides on an overhead track, fully obscuring the window or opening. As each treatment is just a large panel, barn door shutters are well suited for a minimalistic design.
Panel tracks: Panel tracks also glide on an above track and have floor length panels that overlap as they slide back and forth. These treatments are exemplary at shielding a sliding glass door or acting as a simple room divider that can section off areas when needed.
What Doesn’t Work In Your Minimalist Design
There’s a lot of different window treatments that will enhance minimalist design, but then there are popular treatments that just won’t work. Beware of bulky treatments like drapes, as they will stick out from the minimalistic quality of the surrounding environment. Curtains or layered window treatments should also be shunned for the same issues. Ornate treatments will make your decor feel disproportionate, with the focal point directing to the window coverings.
Blinds are also a capricious treatment. You might find situations where a blind could work in the simple lifestyle, but only if they are of the highest quality. The main problem is that they bang and sway against the window, disrupting your need for serenity. And any hanging slats or cumbersome cords from a vinyl or plastic blind makes your windows feel sloppy and disheveled.
Sunburst Can Help You Find Your Window Treatments For Minimalist Design
When you pare down your rooms to the essentials, call on Sunburst to guide you to the optimal window coverings for your minimalist design. We will bring our showroom to your house and offer you our lines of Polywood and reclaimed wood plantation shutters, and also other coverings that are perfect for minimalism. Just call 480-485-7743 or fill out the form below.